My Favorite Airbnb Koh Samui: A nature retreat with panoramic ocean views
If the pandemic has taught me one thing, it’s to stop putting off the places I’ve dreamed of going to because I was afraid to do it alone. With this in mind, I decided to plan a solo trip to Thailand.
Thailand has been on my radar since I was first introduced to Thai cuisine as a teenager in my hometown of Wheaton, Illinois. There was something comforting about reaching into a bowl of khao soi, tom kha soup, or pad see ew—it would bring me instant joy on a bad day. From then on I knew that Thailand would be the first country I would visit in Southeast Asia.
Although I have traveled extensively over the years, visiting a new continent for the first time is still both exciting and daunting. Am I going to have a culture shock? Can I get by just knowing a few words of the language? Can I handle an 18 hour flight? There was a lot to think about, but ultimately I knew traveling solo to Thailand was going to be an adventure and I was looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone.
Island hopping and proximity to the beach were paramount when deciding where to stay, making Koh Samui an easy choice. As for my Airbnb, I wanted to be as close to the action as possible, but also in a place where I can regroup and relax when I’m overwhelmed. The bare house caught my attention. Did I mention I’m traveling alone? Six bedrooms, three with king-size beds, just for me? Why not! A saltwater pool set at 27 degrees Celsius all year round? Yes, please. To top it off, a bluetooth sound system in the living room so I can play my own music? Here’s my credit card.
Courtesy of Airbnb
The Naked House is a 40 minute drive southwest of Samui Airport – I asked my Airbnb host to arrange an airport pick up and when I arrived there was a driver and van waiting for me. The house is surrounded by a nature reserve on three sides and offers panoramic sea views. The owner, Marc Gerritsen, is an architect, designer, photographer and artist who designed the house and furniture using basic materials such as steel, wood, concrete and glass. There are few embellishments in the house as it is meant to focus on the space and the nature that surrounds it.